Nov 21, 2023

Biden sending $100 million in new military assistance to Ukraine

Posted Nov 21, 2023 11:00 AM
Pallets of ammunition are loaded onto an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules at Ramstein Air Base, Germany&nbsp;<b>Photo By:</b>Air Force Capt. Emma Quirk
Pallets of ammunition are loaded onto an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules at Ramstein Air Base, Germany Photo By:Air Force Capt. Emma Quirk

WASHINGTON —The Department of Defense  announced on Monday an additional security assistance to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs, according to a statement from the agency.

This announcement is the Biden Administration's fifty-first tranche of equipment to be provided from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. This package includes additional air defense capabilities, artillery ammunition, anti-tank weapons, and other equipment to help Ukraine defend its sovereign territory and fight for its freedom from Russia's ongoing war of aggression. 

This package utilizes assistance previously authorized for Ukraine during prior fiscal years under Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) that remained after the PDA revaluation process. The capabilities in this package, valued at up to $100 million, include:

  1. Stinger anti-aircraft missiles;
  2. One High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and additional ammunition;
  3. 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  4. Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  5. Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  6. More than 3 million rounds of small arms ammunition;
  7. Demolitions munitions for obstacle clearing;
  8. Cold weather gear; and
  9. Spare parts, maintenance, and other ancillary equipment.

The United States remains committed to working with the coalition the United States has built of some 50 Allies and partners who are providing Ukraine with the capabilities it needs to defend itself now and deter Russian aggression well into the future. Our allies and partners have stepped up to provide approximately $36 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. Under the leadership of the United States, this global coalition has enabled Ukraine's courageous forces to successfully defend Ukraine's sovereignty and independence, win critical battles that repelled Russian forces, and take back more than half of the territory seized by Russian invaders.

Security assistance for Ukraine is a smart investment in our national security. It helps to prevent a larger conflict in the region and deter potential aggression elsewhere, while strengthening our defense industrial base and creating highly skilled jobs for the American people in dozens of states across the country. It is critical that Congress take action to support Ukraine by passing the President's supplemental funding request.